Blueland Is Funland Once Again

So, tell me the truth…just how much fun is to to be a Thrashers fan right now? Yeah, yeah…I know…no playoffs yet again. But the way this team has been playing over the past several weeks has brought an electric feeling back into Blueland that just hasn’t been around for many, many moons. It’s as if the hockey gods have decided to smile upon us once again.

It’s about time too…I’ve sent enough cases of Labatts and Molsons up to their Mountain-top Canadian palace as offers of appeasment! I was beginning to think they were being conviscated going through customs.

Marty Reasoner And The Thrashers Have Turn Blueland Into A Fun Place To Be Again (AP Photo)

Marty Reasoner And The Thrashers Have Turn Blueland Into A Fun Place To Be Again (AP Photo)

Assuming this fine play continues through the remainder of the last six games of this campaign, (and there is no real reason to believe it won’t), this will be the first time in five years that I have felt good about the team at the conclusion of the season.

This time last year the end of the season came almost as a relief, a merciful end to what was a disastrous 2007-08 campaign. That team started off 0-6-0….got a good coach fired… watched as Marian Hossa refused to re-sign, forcing a trade…then finished off the season 5-10-4 after the trade deadline. That team just left a bad taste in my mouth and my end-of-season wrap-up was more like a post-mortem.

The year before that…THE playoff year… ended what was a very fine season on a very sour note, being swept by the Rangers. It was a series that included the infamous 7-0 game-three debacle at MSG and saw the Thrashers outscored 17-6. Not a happy experience at all.

Prior to that was the 2005-06 season in which Atlanta got off to a horrendous start… thanks greatly to an injury to Kari Lehtonen in the first game and to other goalies soon thereafter…only to see the team scratch, claw, fight and scrape there way back into playoff contention. The last weekend of the season found the Thrashers controlling their own fate…needing just to win and they were in. Then…that game in Washington… losing to a team that ended up with only 70 points. And Mike Dunham…well, let’s just not go there again, shall we? Needless to say, like so many of you, I was just sick.

Of course, we were all disgusted with the 2004-05 season that never was.

Yes, I have to go all the way back to the spring of 2004 when Atlanta finished 12-8-2-2 to finish out strong and gave us hope for what the future might hold. That team finished with 78 points, their highest yet in their five year history at the time, finishing in second place behind a Tampa Bay team that was on their way to the Stanley Cup a few months later. Thrashers fans were excited about their two young stars, Dany Heatly…I know, I know… and Ilya Kovalchuk. Also, there was this young goalie named Kari Lehtonen who went 4-0-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .953 SV% in the four games he started at the end of that season.

It was a good time to be a Thrashers fan then.

Similarly, it is a good time to be a Thrashers fan today.

Atlanta just finished off a 9-4-0 month of March with a 6-3 B-slappin’ of the Ottawa Senators…quite frankly, a team the Thrashers should find a way to beat at this time. The Thrashers outshot the Sens 32-21 in the win and it’s almost becoming a regular thing to see this defense hold the opposition to fewer than 30 SOG…in fact, they have done so for the past four games. No surprise then that they are 3-1-0 in that time.

Kaptain Kovy Give Hedberg A Big Moose Hug After Career Win 100 (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Kaptain Kovy Gives Hedberg A Big Moose Hug After Career Win #100 Saturday While White And Kozlov Wait Their Turn (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Kari Lehtonen didn’t play as he’s nursing an “upper body” injury incurred during Thursday’s 5-4 shootout win against the Rangers. Johan Hedberg did get the start and earned career win number 100…congrats Moose! Hedberg now has a winning record on the season, 11-10-3. Of course, he had me groanin’ after flubbin’ the puck behind the net, leading to Ottawa’s opening goal…but he settled down and played a very solid game from that point on.

Ilya Kovalchuk’s game-tying goal just 10 seconds before the end of the first was a real juicer for the crowd on hand. It obviously did a world of good for he and his teammmates as well. They came out in the second and took the game over, outscoring the Sens 3-0 in the middle frame…Tobias Enstrom, Marty Reasoner and Colby Armstrong with the honors. Army now has 19 goals on the year. One more would give the Thrashers five players with 20 or more goals this season.

For Kovy, it was goal number 40 on the season…24 of which have come since we was named captain of the team in mid-January.

Slava Kozlov added a pair of helpers in the second as well as tossing in a goal for good measure in the third. Nathan Oystrick scored the first goal for Atlanta in the opening period.

The Thrashers are now 19-15-1 since the second half of the season began with a 4-0 win in New Jersey. That .557 is the type of record that would net a team 91 poinst over a full season. This isn’t a short stretch of games that the team has played consistently well over…it’s been half a season.

At home, the Thrashers have won seven of their last nine games…bringing their overall home record to 16-19-2 with four more games to be played at Philips. They’ve played to a record of 8-4-1 away from home since the middle of February and, with two more away dates, are 16-19-4 on the road overall.

Kids, if you haven’t seen the Thrashers play lately…or even all season…you need to. If you’re truly a fan of the game, you owe it to yourself to get down to the Philips Funland and check these guys out.

2009-10 Blue Crew Tryouts

It’s never too soon to start thinking about next year. And to that point…the Atlanta Thrashers Blue Crew are already preparing for another great season. Tryouts for the 2009-10 squad will be held at the Marietta Ice Center May 13 – 17. Young ladies ages 19 and up will have their chance to earn a place with this fine, outstanding group that do a bang-up job at each and every Thrashers game and represent Blueland proudly inside Philips Arena and out.

And Finally

I wanna thank Jeff for coming up and introducing himself to me prior to the game, very nice to have met you. Same goes with the chap who posts under the name “English Teacher”. Oh, and Smoothie…good to see you again my friend and it was a pleasure to have met the lovely Kristen, (her name ending in “ten”…very appropriate). And then there was Brandy and Jamie who sat in front of me and my youngest tax-exemption, helping to make the whole night just that much more fun. Jamie plays wide receiver for the Atlanta Xplosion, a women’s full contact tackle football team which will begin play on April 11. Ladies playing tackle football…very cool indeed.

ahem… Does your team need a “Fan Blogger”, Jamie?

45 comments Add your comment

Tony C.

March 29th, 2009
2:25 am

wow-eee-wow.

Don’t look now, but I think I saw flashes of “Thrashsers Hockey” tonight…..

It is a lot nicer this March vs. last March

Tony C.

March 29th, 2009
2:27 am

BTW Mr. T.

You’re a MA-CHEEN…blogging @ 0130? nice work buddy!

kracker

March 29th, 2009
3:47 am

I got home r-e-a-l late (hic)…what a win! Let’s keep er going!!!!

LAC

March 29th, 2009
4:33 am

Gee… Even NICE comment from noted Thrasher Hater dave reid on
“On The Fly” tonight… Hedoes get rather tounge tied when telling everyone how good weare playing however… Maybe next season HUH ??

We stand now in position 26 in drafting with Colorado & Phoenix below us along with TB and NYI.

A win against Buffalo will end their season and hopefully shut up that HORRIBLE announcer Jennrett, he simply SUCKS !!!!!!!!!

LAC

March 29th, 2009
6:23 am

Found this in the Ottawa Sun… These Canada people just cannot wait to see us lose another STAR player… Why won’t Atlanta STUPID Group
put a consistant winner on the ice I do not know… Lose #17 and teams good as gone.

You really have to wonder how much longer Kovalchuk, 25, is going to be in Atlanta. The Thrashers are going to try to sign him to an extension in the off-season because he’s scheduled to become a UFA at the end of 2009-10. Making $7.5 million US, it’s going to take some convincing for GM Don Waddell to keep him here.

PUTTING ON THE FOIL

March 29th, 2009
7:27 am

As someone who reads this blog, but is a man of few posts, just wanted to tell Rawhide thanks and what a great job he does with it. Like everyone else, sure have been enjoying this ride the last two months and talking hockey instead of fire DW. Nice to see the players playing for pride and the fans with no playoffs as a reward. Even more rewarding to me is watching what seems like an us against the world underdog take it to all the media darling playoff contenders. Go Thrash!

Hotrod

March 29th, 2009
8:29 am

Well if we stay on track , we should finish ahead of Tampa Bay.which was my lofty goal a couple months ago.

I think Kovy is having to (slightly) think twice about moving on.
We have a pretty good well of young talent and he seems to be meshing well as captain. I knew once he became captain we would see a change for the better in him. His attitude is great. Ok , throw in the birth of a new son too, he has alot to smile about.

Peverly has been the biggest key to this resurgence though. I knew he was fast but did anyone notice those afterburners to stop a Sens breakaway? Thats just crazy fast.

Smitty

March 29th, 2009
9:42 am

These guys are really starting to gell. How many STHs are having second thoughts? As Rawhide said the streak has been going on since the All-Star break. I would like to think that this momentum will continue into next year. I hope some UFS’a give ATL a serious look this summer especially if Kovy and some of the key players are locked up before July.
LAC Give Rick Jeanneret a break. He has been with the Sabres for 37 years and prior to that he was the Niagara Falls Flyers play by play announcer during their Memorial Cup runs of the 1960’s. He has paid his dues.

JAmes_kovyboy

March 29th, 2009
9:56 am

Hey, no Canadian insulting please

But yeaah, what a game. I just hope Esposito makes the team next year and that we get Nikulin or Kulda on D to boost it up. Like I said before, our best defensemen are our young guys (see Bogs & Toby). And if we cant get a #1 center in the offseason, Kovy’s future in ATL might be extended if Esposito does the job, and if he doesnt, it wont be his fault, but the Atlanta Sheep Group, who cant use money for their life.

Anyways I just hope kovy stays here, cause hes a great captain and THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE NO QUESTION

Thank you :)

Jameson

March 29th, 2009
10:19 am

Hotrod- I agree about Kovy getting the C. I remember how he stepped it up once he got the A, and I’ve been calling for the C since we let Holik walk, and maybe I whispered about it some before then.

Wings fan in Ga.

March 29th, 2009
10:24 am

I remember the second half of the 05-06 season had a great atmosphere in the building. Several sellouts, a good tea. That was the first year I started going to games and I was impressed. It’s happened before, it can happen again. Even Marian Hossa said after the Detroit game that this place can have a great atmosphere, and it can. My early prediction for next year – the Thrashers make the playoffs.

Wings fan in Ga.

March 29th, 2009
10:34 am

Jimbo

March 29th, 2009
10:51 am

Amen. Nice to see real hockey back. It took JA awhile to realize that “defense” is really a part of hockey and Donnie Boy to realize that old, retreads do not a hockey team make. Way to go, guys.

five_hole

March 29th, 2009
12:18 pm

I don’t know who the goofball that was paired with Darrin Eliott last night, but I could close my eyes and hear Natalie Taylor doing the play-by-play for the Thrash last night. That was not a compliment.

I do think that we have (as Darrin pointed out last night) a good young core for this team. We are not that far from having a team capable of not only making the playoffs, but (dare I say it) winning a playoff game. The question is, is management willing to spend the bucks to make this happen? They would need to resign Kovy, invest in contracts for Peverley & Reasoner as well as signing a legitimate center, and attracting Nikulin or some other top-flight d-man.

Personally, I don’t think they’re willing to step up and do this. I think they want the value of the franchise low, pending the resolution of the lawsuit. They will have to pay compensation based on the franshise value, so whatever they pay Belkin will be less. Their gain, our loss.

English Teacher

March 29th, 2009
12:21 pm

Nice to talk to you at Taco Mac last night, Bill, and you’re right, it is indeed fun to be a Thrashers fan these days. I wonder when the guys on the NHL Network are going to realize that when Atlanta wins it’s not because the other team quit playing…

smoothie

March 29th, 2009
12:24 pm

Mr.T, twas a pleasure to see u again and chat it up with u at Taco Mac after the game. Thanks for the mention above; my beloved K-belle was quite flattered to read ur kind comments. She has really taken a liking to hockey and has taken a real interest in getting to know our players.
Speaking of the players, Colby was great last nite at the postgame show and was very gracious to sign and pose for just about everyone there including us!! Weve got some very classy players here in ATL and I really think they are coming together as a tight knit group who plays for each other.

Lets hope this last two months is not simply a mirage and that this cast of lovable characters has indeed come together as a team to be reckoned with next season as well.

Jeff

March 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

Rawhide – Great to meet you and the tax exmptn last night.
As I said, I really enjoy your column as well as the regular posters.
I think we may finally have a TEAM. The smiles on the player’s faces
say it all. Next year – look out.

lilibeter

March 29th, 2009
1:41 pm

Last night, I tasted a bit of fun that I cannot readily recall from the Thrashers’ games I’ve seen in the past. To use a good, old Southernism, we flat out whooped ‘em. And wow, did it feel good!

I saw some things out of our boys last night that have me feeling truly encouraged. Primary among those is the way our boys hustled after the puck last night. Although we did have a few isolated moments of it, we did not play one of those “just plain pretty to look at” hockey games last night. Our boys fought hard for that game though. Not only did our boys want it, they played like they wanted it. Every time that puck was loose, our guys were after it…body, stick, and soul. To my simple, uneducated self watching from home, that right there was the difference in the game.

Sure, we made some mistakes along the way. Sure, we had a few giveaways in some pretty dangerous positions on the ice. Sure, we gave up too many piddly, little penalties that could have been costly. But throughout the game last night our guys pulled together and played like that mythical, close-knit unit called a team. They were all chipping in and doing whatever they needed to do to nail down the win in that hockey game.

I loved seeing our guys continue chasing that victory, even while sprting a healthy lead. I loved seeing the way each one of them worked to contribute to that win. I loved seeing them repeatedly stomp out every bit of momentum that the Sens tried to get going. I loved seeing them, for lack of a better way of putting it, dominate the play pretty much througout the game.

Last night, I felt the way I think hockey fans of those consistently good hockey teams get to feel – a distinct pride in watching their boys systematically dismantle their opponent. I felt something even more exciting than that though, I felt as though I was glimpsing the future of what hockey *can* be like for a Thrashers fan.

LAC

March 29th, 2009
1:50 pm

Smitty, No offense to the man himself, BUT as an announcer he is AWFUL !

Kinda like Bob Lamey. He did the Charlotte Checkers games in the 60’s and 70’s till team folded. Moved to Indianapolis, did Racers games, until they folded and now does Colts games… At least he got somewhat better… The Buffalo guy is just flat bad and has been for a long time.

Liked it last night NO J.P., Matt does a good job and never loses the viewer, with J.P. you never hear any emotion or passion, sometimes when we score, you’d never know it from his delivery.

Jiggs was THE BEST we ever had here for sure ! Now THERE was a true
NHL Play by Play announcer !

Glovesave29

March 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

Jiggs McDonald (or in “Boomerish” Jigg McDonalds) was fantastic. To call a game while trying to figure out what the %$(@% Boom Boom just said is a mark of a true professional.

Dan Kelley with the Blues was one of the best too.

Who is the guy who calls the Wings games? The whiny, high pitched voice he uses when Detroit scores is downright awful.

Rawhide

March 29th, 2009
2:09 pm

Smoothie, English Teacher & Jeff – Again, the pleasure was all mine.

Tony C. & POTF – Thank you very much, indeed. I greatly appreciate the input that you and everyone else bring to this forum.

Ms. Lilibeter – Great comments regarding the way this team played last night…it was just plain fun to watch and experience.

HotrodWell if we stay on track , we should finish ahead of Tampa Bay.which was my lofty goal a couple months ago. Right now we hold the 26th position in the overall NHL standings…that is the last slot in the “lottery” position. There is still a chance this team can catch, say, the LA Kings and not be a lottery team.

Everyone – The Thrashers now have the ninth-best offense in the NHL…scoring goals at a clip of 3.03 per game.That’s almost a half goal better than last season.

Also…don’t forget about the Thrashers Viewing Party at TJs next Sunday. So far it looks like we’re gonna have a good showing based on those who have RSVP-ed with Trixie as well as elsewhere. Keep in mind, there will be an autographed hockey stick signed by Ilya Kovalchuk that will be raffled off to some lucky schmuck in attendance!!

Tony C.

March 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

I like Matty’s call as well. He seems to have fun with DE, which sometimes when JP is doing the call I can’t tell if he’s more into his alliterations or the action on the ice.

kracker

March 29th, 2009
3:24 pm

Mr. five_hole I think it was Knobler that reported in the AJC that icing a poor team to keep the franchise value down so the ASG has less financial exposure in the lawsuit is not an issue. The value of the Thrashers as an NHL hockey franchise and as a part of the whole package along with the Hawks and Philips Arena was determined back when the lawsuit was filed.

I’m sure someone else can more aptly spell out how it all works but the point is that the AJC article(s) plainly stated there is no benefit to the owning partners to have the team “play down” to lessen the value in the lawsuit. Whether the Thrashers play good or bad, the value is already set.

five_hole

March 29th, 2009
3:55 pm

kracker Thanks. I believe that Knobler believes that. I’m not sure that I believe it. Lawsuits & value are tricky things.

Bill The problem with the Thrash isn’t their offense, even without a #1 center. It’s always been the defense. And John Anderson seems to want offensive-minded defensemen more than true defensive defensemen. Our big free agent signing from last year, Ron Hainsey, is a -16. Hopefully, next year he’ll have better stats, but I’m not seeing many Hainsey jerseys in the stands.

Finally, Glovesave29 I remember listening to Dan Kelly and Gus Kyle (”We got a real barnburner here tonight”). They don’t come much better than Dan. I have to say that between Dan and Jack Buck (and throw in Harry Carrey) and we were spoiled growing up.

Tony C.

March 29th, 2009
4:12 pm

I also like Gary Thorne (I know, I’m one of like 15 people). He’s one of the few guys that can keep up with the action and brings passion to his call but doesn’t go overboard with hysterics-like Jeanerette or Kamal.

Rawhide

March 29th, 2009
5:00 pm

Five_HoleThe problem with the Thrash isn’t their offense, even without a #1 center. It’s always been the defense.

True that. Even though the Thrashers have a winning record in the 2nd half of the season, they still have given up goals at the rate of 3.23 per game in that time. While still too high…it’s an improvement over the 3.65 during the first 41 games.

Also, in the month of March the Thrashers’ defense allowed fewer than 30 SOG per game, (29.5). So, there are signs of improvement on that front as well.

Still, I think we’re one stay-at-home blueliner away from a solid defensive corps.

five_hole

March 29th, 2009
6:05 pm

Rawhide – Still, I think we’re one stay-at-home blueliner away from a solid defensive corps.
So, here’s the question. Out of the 7 defensemen on the roster for next year (Bogosian, Enstrom, Hainsey, Oystrick, Salmela, Exelby & Valabik), who would you get rid of? Bogosian and Enstrom are excluded from the discussion. Salmela also seems like a keeper.

On the other hand, Hainsey is a -16, but is the second highest paid player on the team, and was our big off season acquisition. Oysrick only seems to play when someone else is hurt, so I don’t think he has the confidence of the coaches. Valabik has problems skating and passing, but is young and could develop into a monster (literally) on D. X has played well lately, but tends to take himself out of the play to make a hit, is slow and has no offensive upside.

Personally, I’d say that Exelby is the weak link in the group. If we were going to get our “stay-at-home blueliner” I’d say X has to go to make room for him.

Alan

March 29th, 2009
7:08 pm

Still, I think we’re one stay-at-home blueliner away from a solid defensive corps.

I agree. We need someone else who can get out there and block shots, ala Havelid. The guys we have now have done a good job so far — and even the forwards are starting to get in on that shot blocking action. But it’s not enough, and the goalies need all the help they can get because they obviously cannot do it all. Even Brodeur has people playing defensively in front of him.

Out of the 7 defensemen on the roster for next year, who would you get rid of?

Exelby, I think. He’s pretty good, honestly, but unless he learns to stay focused on playing D and stops looking for the crushing hit, he’s going to remain our weakest link and its going to continue to hurt us. He’s had a few years now to learn that, and he seems more content to take himself out of the play, and as a result, out of position rather than play sound D.

Exelby has one year left on his contract, making $1.75m next year. Oystrick is a class IV UFA this offseason. Oystrick is pretty good, from what I’ve seen, so I would be keen on keeping him. Exelby might end up trade bait at the draft — apparently, there are several cellar teams looking for D this year, and maybe… just maybe, we can leverage that at the draft to get the centerman we need.

Tavares? Doubtful. But Duchene and Kane are in the top five, and we could really use one of them. If we can send off Exelby and our first for a shot at a pick a little higher, we could come out with a good center, and the other team – whoever it is – could come out with two defenders (Exelby and whoever they pick). In case you’re wondering, I am anticipating us falling out of draft lottery position.

Krust

March 29th, 2009
7:11 pm

Great game last night. LAC, I like Kamal. But, Jiggs is no doubt the best. I just loved listening to Jiggs doing flames games here in the 70’s. He kept you on the edge of your seat. But, lets not forget the combo of Jiggs and the Boomer. The second best color man. The first is Don Cherry. The Boomer’s one liners usually started with the famous “Jigg” followed by butching French and Engish in one sentence. The great trait of the Boomer is he always was for calling players out for being lazy. I miss that.

Anyone know whats up with Bob Harltey? He has been to at least five straight games.

Hockey Biltong

March 29th, 2009
7:46 pm

Hartley has been haunting us and the Habs aparently…

Midfield

March 29th, 2009
7:57 pm

Bob owns a house in Atlanta. Why wouldn’t he come to hockey games when he’s in town?

Don Rickles

March 29th, 2009
8:19 pm

Because Hartley might find the Gladiators to be a better ‘value’ for the money?

Bah-dum-bump.

Glovesave29

March 29th, 2009
8:28 pm

Rumors flying around Montreal is there are three finalists for the purchase of the Habs…Snapple, Cirque du Soliel and Celine Dion. I am PRAYING Dion gets the team, oh, the jokes that will be there for us…

Rawhide

March 29th, 2009
9:32 pm

Celine Deon owning the Candiens? Hmmmm…maybe we’ll start hearing her sing songs like…

“Nothing Broken But My Habs”…or, “Who Can My Habs Beat Now?”…or, “My Habs Will Go On”…

Buzzeng

March 29th, 2009
10:09 pm

Did you see the quote (AP) from Ottawa’s coach Cory Clouston? “They wanted it more than we did. It’s hard to explain that.” I think that says a lot about how this team is playing and how we’re surprising the opposition. Teams are expecting to beat us, and we’re giving them more than they can handle! Go Thrashers!

Tony C.

March 29th, 2009
10:09 pm

My Habs Will Go On….can’t wait til she unveils that sucker in Vegas for the NHL Awards….oh wait, she plays down the strip…NEVERMIND.

Personally, I think the possibility that “the snapple Lady” could be seen in a Habs sweater is pretty darn funny too.

Tony C.

March 29th, 2009
10:48 pm

more “Kovalchuk is outta there” talk…only this time it’s from two writers I respect: Garrioch & SPECTOR

http://www.spectorshockey.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=666:the-sunday-nhl-rumor-roundup-march-29-2009&catid=34:articles&Itemid=55

kracker

March 29th, 2009
11:52 pm

five_hole Roger that. Just because it’s in the paper doesn’t make it so. I do figure it’s more believeable than what comes out of your average politician’s mouth…or an NHL GM for that matter when he’s discussing matters other than hard facts. He’s basically a politician for the team except he can’t buy our votes with other people’s money.

kracker

March 30th, 2009
12:04 am

Tony C.I didn’t see anything new there. Just two guys restating the accepted consensus that Ilya will not re-sign in Atlanta. Question: What was the consensus on the likelyhood of Ovy signing a career deal with the Caps? I don’t know but I doubt these same guys were predicting it.

Tony C.

March 30th, 2009
12:15 am

kracker-

I feel you, but at the same time, Spector has been at the forefront of poo-poo’ing “Kovalchuk to TorontoMapleLeafs(BS9)”-type rumors.

The fact that he didn’t diss it out of hand is the first time he hasn’t. THAT is what had me dour. I read his blog right after this one (yes daily almost), and it’s the first instance where he didn’t come out and flatly dismiss even the slimmest of possibilities that #17 will be gone. Usually you’d get to the “Spector’s Take” section and he’d say something like:

There is no way that even Don Waddell would trade his franchise cornerstone.

No such dissmisal this time. Now, granted it’s a slow couple of months as far as rumors go before the draft, but it still concerned me.

Alan

March 30th, 2009
1:30 am

Tony, you respect Garrioch? Whoops? He’s one of the main rumor mill types. An Eklund that works for a major publication. Richardson’s comment, on the other hand, has me curious. Why does he feel that way? Is he just saying stuff to say stuff? Has he paid any attention at all to Atlanta’s resurgence (despite the lack of a playoff appearance this year)?

Regardless, I’m not worried about it and neither should anyone else. It’s a bridge that will be crossed sometime between 1 July 2009 at 12:01 and the 2010 trade deadline.

Tim

March 30th, 2009
2:31 am

Do we need a stay at home d-man? Just asking. Its seems to me that it was since we trade Havelid that we manage to bring the SOG below 30 constantly. Why is that? Maybe its because it make transition from defence to offence easier. I believe that style can also help the Thrashers controlling the puck more often. I believe it was JA who said that it’s easier to teach a new kid a new system than an old Veteran who is getting used to play a certain style of hockey. What I think Thrashers needs are, is a 2 way defenceman that can join rush but also can back up quickly. There happens to be one in the next UFA session, but I doubt that he would come to Atlanta despite having played with the Chicago Wolves during lockout: Jay-Bo. :) But otherwise, I like how this Organ-I-Zation is doing. Breeding our own talent since there is no one that want to sign here.

LAC

March 30th, 2009
4:09 am

Krust, Yes I remember Boom’s famous line…

“Let me tell you dis about dat.” PRICELESS he and Jiggs were FIRST-Class in every respect.

Dan & Gus were great too, loved Gus’s color great, Gary Thorne, What ever happened to him ? He is a GOOD Hockey announcer.

Like Matt over JP anyday…

Spud Webb

March 30th, 2009
8:05 am

Trouble brewing? I read yesterday where Reasoner seemed a bit miffed that nothing is happening on the contract extension?? Interesting he leaked something to the affect of “maybe we will have to see what other offers come”. Classic DW and the ASG, here is someone who WANTS to be here, a reasonable price for 2 or 3 years would be all it takes and we DRAG OUR feet. I swear we act like we are the Wings or something, assuming people just wanna play here?? HOW DO THEY MISS THINGS SO BADLY?? FIRE DW…
Buffalo in town Wednesday night baby! Should be another great game in this series. Sabres need an outright win BAD, BAD, BAD!!!! Thrashers always play them well and the games are ALWAYS WIDE OPEN!!! I’ll be in 116, row H. I’m bald, will have a black sabres jersey, might be easier to look for the hottie w/me (Shannon), you’ll know us by looking and going, “what is she doing with that guy” ahhahahhahahahahah, I’m a lucky man!!!
Rawhide, where do you sit? Maybe we will come say hello?

Glovesave29

March 30th, 2009
8:23 am

Snapple could color the ice…sort of a flavor of the month. Dion could outfit the Habs in sequins, and when they score, they can use that long screech of hers in “my heart must go on”

I can see how Kovy would want to go to Toronto. Look at all of the tradition, the success…they are consistantly a threat to win the cup…in 1960.